Clandestine Cuts #4 - feat. Heathen Beast, Rising, Albatross, Australis, Desert Beneath The Pavement, Sanity Of Impiety
|Written by:||Doc Godin, Thryce, BitterCOld|
Clandestine Cuts #4
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight
Issue #4! This marks the final 'Cuts of 2010! We're excited because this is the last batch of contenders for the Clandestine Cut of the year nomination slots! Be sure to get your votes in, voting closes on January 14th and the nominees will be final at that point.
This issue might just be our most varied yet, we have bands that stick to their pre-set formula, and then we've got a couple bizarre ones cropping up. This issue we've got Heathen Beast, Rising, Albatross, Australis, Desert Beneath The Pavement, Sanity Of Impiety, and Astrophobos! Take a listen, and let us know - scratch that, let the bands know what you think!
Also, don't forget to go back and vote for your favourite from our first 3 issues!
Update: Voting closed January 14th, 2011
|Heathen Beast - Ayodhya Burns |
So apparently black metal from India is supposed to be as raw and barebones as it gets. Despite taking a sound middle-of-the-road approach, Heathen Beast possesses all the ferocity and power to go totally blashyrkh over the listener with this, uh, beast of an EP. Heathen Beast's merciless tunes are consistently heavy, and the band gets the job done without much fanfare. A fine debut release that gets my stamp of approval.
EP available for streaming/free download at ReverbNation.
|Rising - Legacy Of Wolves|
This Copenhagen trio ratchet the intensity of their already hard-hitting 2009 EP up a notch with Legacy Of Wolves. Rising don't play their instruments so much as attack them. The sludgy riffs are pretty fierce and the band also kick into a higher gear on the title track far faster and more ferocious than anything displayed on their first E.P. The howling vocals help maintain the level of intensity set by the kit and string abuse. The biggest shortcoming in this release is the number of songs... two just aren't enough.
|Albatross - Dinner Is You|
Another metal debut from India... horror-themed this time. With their classic heavy metal sound, Albatross have a more melodic take on things, ensuring the accessibility. The obvious King Diamond/Mercyful Fate worship makes Albatross come across as a confidently cheesy band. In the end though, you're listening to something that has been played out a long time ago, and has been done better before. Especially the often silly performance of the band's vocalist - who sounds more like a lunatic puppet show storyteller than anything else - is really nothing to crow about and kind of ruins it for me. Think I just lost my appetite.
|Australis - Eidolon|
Man, does this band love their guitar leads, it's shame they can't come up with more than 2 ways to use them. Don't get me wrong, Australis play their brand of techy-brutal death metal with great conviction, and execute everything quite flawlessly, but they seem to stick to basically one song structure, which takes the excitement and spontaneity out of frantic death metal like this quite quickly. Satisfyingly aggressive, but the unvaried pounding rhythms with needling guitar leads over top gets somewhat dry before the 16 minutes is through.
by Luke Godin
|Desert Beneath The Pavement - Do You Feel It When I Google You?|
And now for something completely different. The mood in a room has never changed so effectively as with Desert Beneath The Pavement - a Germany-based collective that has all the potential to reign over the wasteland kingdom that is post-metal. Clearly borrowing elements from doom metal, Desert Beneath The Pavement is all about sinking into sadness and other cold thoughts. Darker than midnight, this stand-out single is surely a small foretaste of greater things to come!
|Sanity Of Impiety - In Life We Despise|
It's strange how some bands can pull off plain sounding death metal and sound completely uninspired and bland, while others manage to create something that keeps you coming back despite not being the most unique thing on the planet. Sanity Of Impiety have a certain raw, crusty charm with infectious rhythmic patterns akin to the likes of early Bloodbath, while having the heavy, driving power of Hail Of Bullets. The programmed drums are something this band can surely do without, but considering these guys seem to be all about the almighty riff, it's not too much of a distraction. Harder and crunchier than your hometown's annual rock-eating-contest.
by Luke Godin
|Astrophobos - Arcane Secrets|
It's not surprising this is only a 3 song demo. Astrophobos play black metal, that's it. No gimmicks, no hybrid sound mixed in, just hyper-blasts, shrieks and some tremolo picking. A few melodic bits are thrown in here and there, but this is essentially a furious blast of high-energy black metal fury. Despite being enjoyable within these 3 tracks, it's difficult to picture a full length of this generic form of black metal. It's safe with no surprises, but hey, most people are happy sitting safely in this sound, so I suppose these guys cater to fans of the genre like themselves.
by Luke Godin
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